David Harris

David Harris
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I have been interested in film ever since my parents took me to see E.T. as a child. I began writing professional film criticism for Tiny Mix Tapes in 2007, where I was the film editor. I began Spectrum Culture, where I am Editor-in-Chief, 10 years ago and have been writing criticism there ever since. I also teach a film studies course at Northwest Academy, an independent school located in downtown Portland.
Publications: Spectrum Culture

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/5 53% Green Zone (2010) Greengrass turns his lens on the US fabrication of weapons of mass destruction as an impetus to go to war in Iraq, and ends up making the film we all feared United 93 would be. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 76% Greenberg (2010) Although the film sometimes drags (especially for one with a 90 minute run time), Baumbach and Stiller both score a mutual coup with Greenberg. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 88% Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) (2009) A breezy, brief film. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 68% Shutter Island (2010) Shutter Island is Scorsese's most Hitchcockian effort yet. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
1.5/5 71% The Crazies (2010) A tired retread that recycles every horror cliché used from Wes Craven to Romero himself. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
1/5 71% Phyllis and Harold (2010) Devoid of any qualities that could elevate the film above anything more than a well-crafted home video. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/5 65% The Yellow Handkerchief (2010) Although director Uduayan Prasad frames our three protagonists in beautiful bayou scenery and delicate sunlight, he does not give us enough to want to spend time with these people. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 97% A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010) A film that is tense and crackling with fury, a visceral experience that threatens to leap from the screen. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
67% Death in Venice (1971) Much of Death in Venice is wordless, bordering on impressionistic. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodóvar pulls off a nice trick with this movie, moving his protagonist and us from despair to a new lease on life with an ease that feels magical. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
1.5/5 88% Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) (2010) Unfortunately it's all so terribly boring and predictable. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 90% October Country (2009) An evocative, lyrical film about the cycles of bad decisions, madness and the ghostly fingers of the Vietnam War. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
98% Wings of Desire (1987) It is a complex work of art that can only grow in stature from repeated viewings. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 100% American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2010) A fascinating, if somewhat repetitive film, about one of the most confusing conflicts of our time. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) Edge of Darkness has all the right ingredients to get us into Mel's corner...yet the film is lifeless, slow and worst of all, boring. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
1.5/5 40% Spectres of the Spectrum (1999) Nine cannot help but be a limp facsimile of a film that is so full of life and brio. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) One of the most distinctive, entertaining and flat-out fun movies I've seen in a long time, a great piece of holiday family filmmaking that doesn't insult the intelligence. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
1/5 61% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009) Not only do the cliché characters, ridiculous plot points and extended run time sink this ship, Pirate Radio also neuters any song that appears on its soundtrack. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3.5/5 89% The Messenger (2009) Thoughtfully dissects the overarching consequences of that unfortunate conflict. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3.5/5 73% The Road (2009) One of the more interesting films to come out in 2009. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 93% Solntse (The Sun) (2005) An astounding work of intimate detail that should not be missed. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 75% The Horse Boy (2009) To force us to endure the Mongolian sojourn feels more like a trip of the ego than any other grand journey. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 75% The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) Yes Men Fix the World feels like little more than a vanity piece, and a shoddily developed one at that. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
86% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) Though A Christmas Tale clocks in at 152 minutes, it never feels tired or fails to compel. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 91% Up in the Air (2009) Up in the Air fails because Reitman crams too many stories and situations into one picture. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 82% Avatar (2009) Avatar entertained me for nearly three hours and I left the theatre satisfied, even if my critic spidey-sense tingled at some of the clichés and formulaic filmisms. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
1.5/5 39% Nine (2009) Nine cannot help but be a limp facsimile of a film that is so full of life and brio. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 85% A Single Man (2009) A Single Man seamlessly blends present and past through imaginative close-ups, jump cuts and a milieu where closeted repression was the norm. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 47% The Book of Eli (2010) The Book of Eli unfortunately is deadly serious, and not in a good way. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 97% Sweetgrass (2009) Sweetgrass' strength comes in its collection of indelible images. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5/5 77% The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER) (2010) Unfortunately, the Bleistein plot breaks the trajectory of Jeanne's story. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 89% A Serious Man (2009) By the time A Serious Man ends in a stunner of a conclusion, the Coen Brothers have once again pulled off a magic trick, forcing us to search for meaning in a series of scenes that possibly exist as abstractions only to obfuscate a lack of depth. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 92% The Damned United (2009) The Damned United proves that Sheen is fully capable of carrying his own film. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 73% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) A moving, thoughtful look back at a time in our lives when we didn't understand the way the world works. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 51% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) Such a slight confection of a film that the efforts of an A-list cast are undercut by its meandering existence and pointless final act. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 79% The Informant! (2009) As the puzzle unravels, the sickening feeling we've seen this somewhere before becomes more and more overwhelming. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 75% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) Capitalism provides a sobering solution to the system that has disenfranchised so many by making so few filthy rich. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 83% Disgrace (2008) It is Lurie's white privilege that is most disturbing... - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% Toy Story (1995) Toy Story remains the humanistic, vital film that created the mold for such classics as Finding Nemo and WALL-E. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 88% World's Greatest Dad (2009) Not as out-and-out funny as it should be nor as emotionally poignant as it could be... - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 85% Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008) Edel's mix of historical footage and dramatized scenes provide little more than a breezy history lesson. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 76% Unmade Beds (2009) A subtle, gentle movie about emotional holes and what we do to fill them. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 95% Crude (2009) Though one-sided and all too happy to assail an easy target such as a monstrous oil company, Crude backs up its rhetoric by providing footage and images of the people and terrain affected... - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
1.5/5 29% The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) (2009) A romantic comedy that is more or less a poor facsimile of the plot of As Good as it Gets. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 94% In the Loop (2009) A wicked, mean-spirited comedy filled with nasty people...I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 95% The Cove (2009) The Cove is an important film with an important message. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 95% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) An entertaining love letter to the sex and slasher films that emerged from the land down under. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
1.5/5 72% I Sell the Dead (2008) Director Glenn McQuaid performs about as well as a blind kid trying to navigate a balance beam in his gothic tale I Sell the Dead, fumbling elements both horrific and comedic and finally landing in a disheveled mess by the time this tale plays out. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
90% District 9 (2009) It is without a doubt that District 9 will be a hit. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
90% The Firemen's Ball (1968) In the microcosm of the ball, there are no bad intentions, just ideas of grandeur that fall sweetly short. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019